Beowulf's Legacy

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Beowulf’s legacy is mostly good, because after he was able to defeat Grendel and Grendel’s mother, he built a heroic reputation. Killing Grendel and his mother was a matter of honor for him, instead of glory and payment. As Beowulf got older, he eventually had to encounter the dragon. Even though the dragon killed Beowulf, his death was a heroic one, leaving Wiglaf king of the Geats. The dragon’s home also contained numerous amounts of gold and jewels. Beowulf’s wishes were for these treasures to be distributed to the people. Although Beowulf can be an archetype for the “perfect hero,” he is also shows as being un-human like through his characteristics. Beowulf is portrayed as having supernatural or miraculous abilities. We are told of his

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